Protein Stix – Best Weight Watchers Snack Ever

I mentioned the new Weight Watchers Protein Stix snacks in my post on the meeting yesterday.  But, I decided they deserve their own post.

I tried the chocolate last night (as did my husband) and thought it was great.  I then tried the peanut butter today.   And, it was just as great. I mentioned to my husband that I thought they were Weight Watchers best snack ever.  And, he suggested they deserve their own post.  I decided he was correct. [Read more…]

Avoiding Leftovers

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  And, may the eating season begin!  Honestly, how we eat on Thanksgiving is really not the problem.  One day won’t have a long term effect over the course of the year.  Even add in Christmas and it has no long term effect.  One problem, though, is that this time of year eating more than usual is often not confined to the holiday itself.  It truly does become an eating season.  Sometimes that is due to multiple celebrations or holiday parties or people bringing in treats to work.  Sometimes it is due to the main subject of this article – leftovers.

For the first problem, what I try to do is to simply fit that into regular eating.  If I go to a party then I try to fit that into my eating plan for the day.  I may use some weekly points, or even fit points.  But, basically I don’t let it derail me.

For the holiday itself, I think there are two reasonable ways of eating.  Some people simply don’t track that day and eat whatever they want to.  For a couple of days a year, that is fine.  On the other hand, if you do that for every holiday, every minor celebration and every birthday you come near — well, that ending up derailing progress.  Having a day where you just do whatever is fine when it is rare.  If it is every week, it isn’t rare and one day can undo a lot of progress for the rest of the week. [Read more…]

Juggling Stuff and Checking In

Ok, wow.  So almost 2 weeks since I posted.  In a sense there hasn’t been much going on in regard to weight loss so there wasn’t much to post.  And, there was just a lot of stuff to juggle non-weight loss so I didn’t realize how much time had passed since I last posted.

The last couple of weeks have been a holding action in terms of weight loss.  Weekend before last, I drove back to my hometown and went to my 45th high school reunion.  It was the first one I’ve attended since graduating.  I must admit that it was easier for me to go to this one since I knew that my weight was basically fine (although I still want to lose a few pounds) and I felt happy with how I looked.

It’s funny but in the mind’s eye I still saw people as they were when we were 18 and so I was a little nervous about showing up with the current me.  I mean sort of absurd since I am in a Facebook group for our class and I’ve seen more current pictures.  But, still those pictures in my head were there.  Of course, as soon as I got there I truly did accept that everyone had aged just as I had aged.  And, really, once I was there I wasn’t concerned about my appearance or anyone else’s appearance.  It was a lot of fun to see people.  I also had an opportunity to reconnect with my dearest friend from way back when and that was very special.

Foodwise, I did OK during that trip.  I had to eat out some but planned for it.  I was planning to come back home and really exercise this past week.  But, I came home and had a scratchy throat and generally not feeling good for the whole week.  I kept thinking I was about to get a sore throat and feel awful.  That never happened, perhaps because I took it easy for the whole week in terms of activity.  But, that kept my calorie burn down.

And, then…my husband’s birthday.  Due to schedule conflicts with our kids, we have had 2 birthday celebrations and are going to have another one on Tuesday.  We went out alone to Fogo de Chao on his actual birthday.

That was what I had from their market table.  Then, they bring around a lot of different meats and you take what you want.  I mostly took a small piece of several things, mostly chicken and a little pork.  It was incredibly good.  We elected not to have dessert.

On Sunday, we went out for the second celebration with our son.  We ate at Red Robin and I skipped getting a chicken sandwich to just get the Ensanada Chicken which is a chicken breast with some added flavors and a side salad.  Having done that, I felt I could afford to eat part of this dessert:

It was incredibly yummy but was shared among 3 people.

We have one more lunch out, but that is planned for a restaurant where I can eat very lightly.  So, I think I did reasonably well, but haven’t lost any weight over the last 10 days.

I did finally get back to a little exercise.  The weather is finally cool enough here that we can walk outside so we took a walk in the neighborhood.  I like walking here because it is a little hilly so we get a better workout.  And, we plan to go back to the Y on Tuesday.

Saturday Weigh In 9-16-2017

Go figure.  I weighed in today at 146.6 pounds, down .6 pounds since my last weigh in two weeks ago.

In a way, it wasn’t surprising. According to my Fitbit calorie burn info and my food info from MyFitnessPal I should have lost 1.75 pounds.  I think that part of the reason I haven’t is because I started strength training again and, typically, during the early days I will retain some fluids until my body gets used to the workout.  I actually expect to soon have more of a loss show up.  In fact, this loss really only showed up the past few days.  During most of the past 2 weeks, I’ve been up in weight from my last weigh in even though I knew it wasn’t real weight. [Read more…]

My Weekly Eating Pattern

I was just thinking today that my weekly eating seems to follow a fairly common pattern.  And, it is when I deviate from this pattern that I am mostly likely to get off track and then find it hard to get back on track.

Why I Don’t Eat Exactly 30 SmartPoints a Day

Let me first say that I am not one of those people to eat in a way that exactly equals my daily SmartPoints.  I know people who do it.  They get 30 daily SmartPoints and almost always eat exactly that many.  Some feel it is almost cheating to eat any Weekly SmartPoints (it’s not actually).  Or, they reserve Weekly SmartPoints to days that they eat our or are special occasions.

I just don’t eat that way.  First, I find it too difficult to eat exactly 30 daily SmartPoints.  Technically, that is my minimum and I am not supposed to go below it.  In reality, I do sometimes go below, although it is usually not by much. Way, way, back in the day we had a range of daily points.  That is, I think it was something like 18 to 23 points a day and you could bank unused points to use that week.  That later changed to getting just one number for each day and you got your weekly points at the start of the week.  I understand that change (it kind of sucked on the plan with banking if your birthday was on Day 1 of your week since you couldn’t borrow points from future days).  But, I did like the flexibility. And, most of the time I could easily eat within the range I was given. [Read more…]